I can’t count the number of times I have heard someone say that they don’t need to worry about storing food because they will “live off the land.” A lot of the time I hear this from guys who spend thousands of dollars per year on gear, a lease, food plots, feed, and fuel in order to bag a couple of deer each season; maybe a couple hundred pounds of meat. Which they field dress (maybe) and then take to a butcher or “processor” to be turned into usable food products.
Small game such as squirrel and rabbit seem to be a staple fall back position for some. I bet they haven’t stopped to consider how many calories are to be had from squirrels (about 130-135) or rabbits (around 800). I doubt many have calculated how many of them it would take to provide enough daily calories for a highly active individual, like someone who is actively hunting and gathering, (25 squirrels or four rabbits).
To be honest, I haven’t done that math either (then again, I never assumed I could feed myself and my family by foraging and hunting) but the guys over at the Wood Trekker blog have and it makes for an eye opening read.
Be sure and check it out here: http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/2013/09/living-off-land-delusions-and.html?m=1